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National Christmas Tree Nightly Music Program

Greetings! Thank you for your interest in the National Christmas Tree music program. The 2013 National Christmas Tree music program will run from Wednesday, December 11 until Sunday, December 22, 2013. Logistical information such as how to apply, how the selection process works, and our musical entertainment policy can be found below.

How to apply | The Selection Process | Musical Entertainment Policy

Cover page of the music program application

How To Apply

Applications for the 2013 National Christmas Tree music program are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2013. If you have any questions please contact us at 202-208-1631 or by email at treelighting@nps.gov.

Download the 2013 National Christmas Tree music program application here.



The Selection Process

A committee will review all completed applications by three weeks after the deadline. The Music Program Coordinator will contact you to discuss your possible performance date.

Due to the popularity of the music program, each group will be limited to one performance. It's very important to prioritize the three possible dates you wish to perform. Your application will be placed in a "first-choice date" category along with other "first-choice date" applicants. One member of the committee will randomly pick three envelopes for the "first-choice date". If not selected, your application will be placed with "second-choice date" applicants and so on to the "third-choice date" group. If not selected at all, your application will be placed on a waiting list in case a group decides not to perform. (One application per group)



Musical Entertainment Policy

The National Park Service's National Christmas Tree Music Program at President's Park is intended to provide musical entertainment for park visitors during December on the Ellipse, where in celebration of the holiday season, visitors can observe the National Christmas Tree, visit assorted yuletide displays, and attend musical presentations. Park visitors come from diverse backgrounds and nations, and include individuals, families, and groups, with ages ranging from the very young to senior citizens. Consistent with the Constitution's Establishment Clause and its mandate of government neutrality, which has allowed the placement of holiday secular and religious displays, the National Christmas Tree Music Program's holiday musical entertainment may include both holiday secular and religious music. To ensure that any proposed music selection is consistent with the Establishment Clause, and presented in a prudent and objective manner as a traditional part of the culture and heritage of this annual holiday event, it must be approved in advance by the National Park Service.


2009 Schedule of Nightly Performances
In general, performances run weekdays (Tuesdays to Fridays), 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 1 pm to 8 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 3 pm.

Nightly performances begin on December 11, 2013 and end on December 22, 2013.

Did You Know?

Grover Cleveland, 22nd President: 1885-1889

On June 2, 1886 Grover Cleveland became the first president to ever be married in the Blue Room in the White House. His bride was Frances Folsom, daughter of a former law partner. John Philip Sousa and the U.S. Marine Band played at the ceremony.